A collection of smart toys that encourage early learning including an app-enabled ball and an iPad game system that allows a small child to play with real world objects and get feedback from a digital app sit on the shelves of the nursery's bookcase.
A smocked orange coverlet is used to cover a memo board displayed at the entry to the kids bedroom in the HGTV Dream Home 2010. Custom crafted by carpenter David Brown, the board is decorated with Toy Story ephemera and western toys.
Boys and dads alike will love the idea of repurposing toy soldiers into a masculine, playful wreath. Just hot glue the toys directly to a wire wreath base, alternating the soldiers' colors and positions as you attach them.
Encourage little ones to clean up after themselves by labeling bins and cubbies with photos attached so they’ll know what goes where! Just cut the images straight from the toy’s packaging to save time and recycle a bit.
If your kitty goes gonzo for catnip (half of all cats do), treat them with a small, handmade toy to hold their stash. Scientists agree that smelling, rather than eating, catnip garners the biggest response but they still aren't sure what neurological reaction catnip triggers for sensitive cats. It's thought that it stimulates receptors in their brains that makes them feel initially energetic, playful and happy, then mellow and relaxed. Stitch up your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore was used on the walls for both of these boys’ rooms. The Jack-and-Jill bathroom is covered in a cool black and white comic strip-inspired wallpaper. The animated paper adds a sense of humor and a youthful energy that perfectly describes the Blehm boys. Each of the rooms also has refurbished vintage pieces that reflects the boys’ individual interests; check out the retro digital clock and Rubik’s cube. My favorite element is the black penny tiled bathroom floor that bridges that gap between the two bedrooms.
Consider using a portable caddie to gather and store balls, building blocks or action figures, so you can bring the items right to a playroom table or your backyard. As your kids grow out of their toys, the caddie can be used for holding utensils, garden tools or for a gift basket.
Bins and baskets encourage little ones to put their toys away when playtime is over. Fabric bins and baskets are as practical as they are pretty. Since the baskets are soft, they're easy for little hands to handle. Plus, the texture and pattern of fabric baskets can add depth to a room or enhance its overall color scheme.
Storage and organization are essential in a child's room. When toys are grouped together, it makes playtime and clean up more manageable. This bookcase from Land of Nod does double duty, offering bin storage below for stuff animals.
A great way to store toys of different sizes and types, this nursery designed by Abaca Interiors features three hanging canvas tote bags – out of the way, on the back of the bedroom door – for stuffed animals, building blocks and Legos. Each bag is labeled, so both kids and parents know where the toys belong when playtime is over.